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HORIZON 2020 Mid-Term Review – Orgalime Defends Interest of Engineering Industry

By funding research and innovation (R&I) to the tune of €80 billion over seven years, the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme is providing appreciable resources to the engineering industry. Of the current Framework Programme, the Industrial Pillar is worth €17 billion and the Societal Challenges pillar €29.7 billion. Now that the programming period is halfway through, the European Commission is preparing an interim evaluation with the aim of assessing progress to date and improving implementation. Stakeholder input was invited through a public consultation, to which Orgalime contributed a comprehensive response in January.

Our main message is that European-level R&D should focus on European strengths – one of which is excellence in engineering. We underline the need to uphold the Industrial Pillar and maintain the budget at current levels. Moreover, we advocate strengthening existing Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and are calling for data confidentiality to be safeguarded in H2020 projects, as this will be vital for ensuring continued participation of industry.

We communicated these messages in a position paper published to coincide with the consultation, which has been circulated to seven Commissioners and Vice Presidents of the European Commission – and we will be continuing to promote this message to the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council over the coming weeks and months. Highlighting the value of EU R&I funding to the engineering sector is particularly important at this time, as the discussion about the next EU Framework Programme FP 9 has already begun. In this context, Orgalime has successfully advocated for the nomination of an expert to join the so-called Lamy group which is evaluating the success of Horizon 2020 and providing input for the future FP9. We are committed to defending and communicating the interests of the engineering industry throughout this process, to make sure legislators understand how central industrial collaborative research is to European competitiveness.  

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